Address All Privacy and Other Issues
Things that often get mentioned in relation to people hating time tracking are various privacy and security issues. So, to counter that, it’s important to explain to your employees what sort of data you’ll be gathering and for what reason.
Honesty and transparency will help you create a non-toxic work environment where your employees actually care about the work they do instead of just satisfying quotas and adhering to metrics and statistics.
If your ultimate goal is to truly improve everyone's performance and do it in the most healthy way possible, addressing any employee concerns about their privacy is the way to go.
Incentivize Employees To Track Time
There’s more than one way to incentivize your employees to track time. Here are some of the ways you can do that:
The reason why gamification has become more than just a buzzword in many different business circles is that it works. Adding commonly used game mechanics, like experience points, rewards that increase dopamine levels, tracking levels, and such, can make the entire time-tracking process more engaging.
And, if the process is enjoyable, your employees will be more likely to participate in it.
Offer Rewards or Incentives
If your business or company is not in a position to offer monetary incentives for employees who diligently track their time, you can try incorporating different incentives and/or rewards. These rewards could range from giving them a couple of extra days off to various types of bonuses, recognitions, or even gifts/gift cards. Basically, any kind of reward system that you deem likely to work within your company's culture or a specific team or department.
Lead From the Front
Leading from the front is a managerial style that puts managers and team leads into the thick of it, sort of speak. It relies on the simple fact that managers are willing to do the exact type of work that their employees are being asked to do if the need for it exists (this method is called participating leadership).
When it comes to time tracking, leading from the front is quite simple. As a team lead or an employer, you just have to track time regularly. Be the one who leads the charge, and soon you’ll have all of your employees following your lead and tracking their time.
Make It a Team Effort
If you encourage your team to collaborate when tracking time, you will not only ensure they track their work hours on a regular basis but will also improve their cohesion and team spirit. And, as many studies suggest, teamwork and good collaboration within teams can have numerous benefits for companies, such as:
- Increased chance of a positive outcome when solving work-related problems;
- A higher chance of positive innovation;
- Reduced stress;
- Higher job satisfaction;
Use the Right Tools
No matter what you choose to do and how you implement time tracking into your business, it won’t be successful unless you get the right tools for it. There are many different solutions out there, but some of the best have to be using time-tracking apps.
They are, for the most part, the most reliable and will give you the most accurate and up-to-date information about your employees’ work hours.
Make It Easy
The difficulty levels of some time-tracking solutions can be why certain employees are not welcoming or hate the implementation of time-tracking software into their work environment.
How to fix it? It’s simple, make it easy. Time tracking shouldn’t be yet another tedious task your employees have to accomplish. In fact, it should be quite the opposite. Time tracking should help them perform their job duties better and more efficiently.
Check out the linked article to learn more about the best time-tracking practices.